Exam Ethics Marshals International, an NGO, on Wednesday hailed the government decision to cancel the UTME and scrap NECO.

The chairman of the NGO, Mr Ike Onyechere, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview that the decision was “the beginning of the transformation in the education sector''.

Onyechere said that if the Federal Government would go through with the decision, “it is a right step in the right direction.

“We, stakeholders, are solidly behind the government if it goes ahead with the decision.

“Now we can be sure that government has the intention of taking this country's education to an acceptable global standard,” Onyechere said.

In a related development, an authoritative source at the Ministry of Education in Abuja told NAN that the report could not be said to be Federal Government's final decision until a white paper had been released.

The source said that what had been reported in the media was not new, adding: “it was what was contained in the recommendations of the Steve Oronsanye-led committee report.

“The fact that the government will release the white paper tomorrow or next month does not mean it has taken a decision.

“When the white paper has been released or the government goes public with the decision, then you can say the decision is final.”